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recently saw a discussion on a Medical Laboratory page on a popular social networking
site. Someone started off a thread detailing an encounter with a nurse in which
a request was made that was so ludicrous it was funny. Others weighed in with
accounts of their personal experiences: mostly questions or requests from
business school my marketing professor was fond of saying, “Marketing is
everything.” It was tempting to see this view as the opinion of an overzealous
marketer who was trying to convince students of the need to create complex and
obtuse business/marketing plans. But as I
continued the course, and long after graduation I ...
Recently, CRI had a webinar, titled “Effective Laboratory
Utilization: New Health Care Models,” and somehow the word utilization made me think of STATs. It made me remember the years
when I was right out of lab school and was often stressed out every time a STAT
was dropped off in the lab. For this
week, let’s talk about the lab’s ...
I wish I
knew everything, but I don't. On second thought: it would be pretty boring to
have every fact at my finger tips and I never have to learn, to ask, research
or dig for information. In any event, has someone ever asked you a
question and you hesitated before admitting that you don't know the answer?
am the king of ...
A few years ago I was part of a team appointed by a national hospital company to study and make recommendations for staff retention. The organization had a horrendous record for turnover; in fact in some key areas like nursing assistants the turnover rate was 40 percent!
Such a high rate was untenable because of its cost to the organization, but ...
I am just not a morning person. I decided a long time ago that my ideal job would be that of a stage actor, working at night, relaxing leisurely after work, going to bed way after midnight and then sleeping in the following morning.
Most of us do not have that luxury, however, and we struggle with getting enough hours in a day. It is a ...
Since the ASCP took over the popular and progressive NCA in 2009, I have periodically received emails from medical lab professionals not happy with the merger for various reasons. Prompted by this overwhelming response, I have previously blogged about this subject. I have also addressed the mixed response to the move.
Recently I have ...
One of the most frustrating issues for clinical laboratorians is that clinicians continue to misuse laboratory testing. Laboratory utilization is a hot potato because of increased concerns with cost (to the laboratory and payer), extended length of stay abnormal test gets worked up) and patient concerns (Am I sick? What does this ...
On July 4, 1776 the United States declared independence from Britain and a vigorous new democracy was born. This year we celebrate our 236th birthday and our founding fathers are probably sputtering in wonderment, ''Who knew this experiment in democracy would be so successful?''
When American patriots chose to defy King, Crown, a powerful ...
We all know that it is illegal to discriminate against someone in hiring based on age. But guess what? Hiring managers and human resource recruiters are human and make decisions based on a variety of factors, some consciously and some unconsciously.
I have been helping friends update their resumes recently and so have seen a variety of ...